Friday, 29 March 2013

Beet Cookies



Colours, flowers, blossoms and celebrations mark Spring which is the most resplendent and sensuous of all the seasons. A short holiday in a small village Dhikuli on the periphery of the Corbett National park got us face to face with the beauty of the nature in the county side which was mesmerizing and soul lifting, calming and inspiring. The myriad colours of nature were spellbinding. Blooms, blossoms, birds and bees all seemed to be a part of revelry that reaches a crescendo during this time of the year as the transition takes place from spring to summer.
Pictures speak better than words……..

Migratory birds

Forest
Village
Cormorants by riverside
Bottle brush in bloom
Mango blossom
White breasted kingfisher
Colourful leaves....
and .........the white browed wagtail

With colours everywhere, there ought to be colours in food too to celebrate the festival of colours.


We baked some Beet Cookies. These are healthy cookies with a pleasant beety flavour. I have baked them many times and we always love them


You can also prepare some ganache and decorate the cookies.


Beet Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (powdered oats)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup caster sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 stick (100 grams) butter
  • 1 medium size boiled and pureed beetroot

Instructions

  1. Whisk together whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and salt.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale
  3. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  4. Now add 1 tablespoon beet puree. Mix with hands and try to bring the mixture together to bind into a dough.
  5. Add more beet puree and knead till you get a very smooth and silky dough. The dough will be a beautiful pink colour.
  6. Bring the dough together and shape like a ball. Wrap with a cling film and keep in the refrigerator till hard. It would take around 20-25 minutes
  7. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  8. Divide dough into two with a sharp knife. Keep one-half back into the refrigerator.
  9. Dust your counter with some flour. Roll out the dough evenly, keeping it 1/4 th inch thick. Use a heart shape cookie cutter to cut out cookies.
  10. Arrange cookies on a greased baking tray. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Remove immediately when the sides begin to change colour. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  11. Leave the cookies to cool. Serve                    





3 comments:

  1. Love your love for nature!! and such amazing use of beetroot in cookies!

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  2. Great photos Namita!! You make me nostalgic for Pahar!! The cookies look inviting too:)

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  3. Corbett National Park Comment Thanks for sharing good information !

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